What Kind of Motorcar to Buy
There are many types and styles of
motorcars. If you want a complete and comprehensive look at the
specifications of virtually every type of motorcar built in modern
times, you might want to
look at Glen Butcher's "List of Motorcar
At the end of the day, however, we
probably can distill motorcars into two distinct types: the small
section cars (M9, M19, M14, Woodings), and the larger gang cars (A4,
5, 6, S2). The section cars do very well carrying two to four
people, while the gang cars will carry a much larger load. Once you
have a better feel for things, you can begin to imagine what kind of
excursions you might want to participate in, and what kind of car
will be best suited for your needs. That's the point at which you
should start seriously looking.
By virtue of your NARCOA
membership, you will receive an occasional copy of "The Setoff."
This is the newsletter of the national organization, and normally
contains a couple of pages of want ads. There also are
ads posted this web site.
You might also want to send on
email to the speeder list which you joined back in the beginning
specifying what kind of motorcar you want to buy. It's always a
good source for cars, parts and accessories.
In addition, there are also several
commercial sources for both used and rebuilt motorcars. Look on
this website under "vendors" and you will find links to firms who
specialize in this field.
And there may be people in your
local area who have railcars for sale. Ask your mentor about this,
and ask around at nearby motorcar excursions.
And don't forget that you'll need a
trailer to transport your motorcar to your first excursion. The
motorcar you buy may come with one, or you may have to shop the same
sources. By the way, consider the tow car as well, and make sure
that you have enough capacity to handle the weight. Also check your
state laws on trailer brakes. Particularly if you'll be towing one
of the heavier cars, you may need a braking system in most states.